Bible Passage of the Week
Jesus Puts Us Right with God!

We don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new.  The old life is gone; a new life burgeons!  Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.

How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.

2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (The Message)

ESOL and GED Classes
Pastor Norma Encarnacion will be leading an English as a Second Language class, and, in conjunction with Project ECHO, conducting GED classes in both English and Spanish. These classes are being held in Sunday school rooms 7 and 8 on Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM. There are still openings available, and enrollment continues. Please contact Pastor Norma for additional information at (813)389-3607 or at

Financial Peace University
Our next Financial Peace University (FPU) Class begins on Thursday, September 19th. Classes will be held each Thursday for nine consecutive weeks from 6:45-8:15 PM in the library. Dave Ramsey and his staff will lead each class via video, and Connie Mosley, a Certified Financial Planner, will mentor the group discussion. When you join our FPU group, you will receive a workbook to help you live out what you learn, customized tools to track your progress towards financial freedom, and an EveryDollar Plus budgeting app. There is a fee for joining any group, and you must register at this website.

Monday Women’s Bible Study Resumes
The Monday Women’s Small Group Bible Study will resume on Monday, September 9th, and it will continue throughout the school year. The Study will meet in Sunday school room 5 from 1:00-2:30 PM. Please contact Diana Williams for more information.

Lifeline Screening Event Planned for October
Lifeline Screening will be in Crichton Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, October 9th from 8 AM until 1:00 PM. Lifeline Screening offers a number of mainly ultrasound tests to help older citizens detect potential life-threatening cardiovascular conditions, and to alert us to take actions to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Please go to this website to arrange an appointment time and to find out about the tests that might be right for you.


Sunday Services
Early Worship Service, 
8:00 AM
Sunday School, 9:00 AM
Relationships/Refreshments, 10:00 AM-10:25 AM
Worship Service, 10:30 AM
Hispanic Worship Service
 12:00 Noon

Rev. Louis Telcy, Pastor
Norma Encarnacion, Lay Pastor,  Hispanic Congregationn

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
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8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
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Online Giving at RUMC

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CHILDREN.  Children's Choir meets on Wednesdays at 6:45 for 20 minutes. Then there is story time and arts and crafts that end at 7:45. Children's Choir also meets on Sundays at 9:00 for 20 minutes, and then the children go to Sunday School class until 10:00. We are practicing for the Children's Christmas program (which will be December 15, 2019) at this time and what we need is more children! Come out and have some fun!

ACOLYTE TRAINING.  We are looking forward to the acolyte training on the agenda for Wednesday, September 11th from 7 to 8 PM.

FITNESS FOR EVERYONE.  Starting September 14th on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Crichton Hall, we will have a fitness program. Fun , fitness and fellowship to the tunes of our favorite songs of faithwill be shared. Come dressed to move. You can do this sitting or standing and if you like you can bring some light hand weights for some extra toning.

HISPANIC ADULT CLASSES.  We presently have 24 students enrolled in our English as a Second Language (ESOL) class, with approximately 12 different students attending each week. Our GED Class has 5 students so far which have been attending class consistently! We are also planning a citizenship class and an extension to the ESOL Class brewing! We are even planning a Spanish language class for English speakers to begin early in 2020--stay tuned!

YOUTH.  Our R.U.S.H. (R U Serving Him) Youth Group meets on Wednesday and Sunday evenings from 6-8 pm. All youth from middle through high school age are welcome to come and share a combination of fun, fellowship, food and a foundation in the essentials of a Christian Faith. We also offer the experience of a youth-led Praise Team, and the opportunity to grow and serve in worship and the outreach ministries of RUMC.

RESTORE.  RESTORE served 506 families during the month of July—which is an increase of 100 families over a year ago. As August numbers are counted, we are expecting a similar increase in our client base. We are thankful and blessed to be able to meet the needs of our community! Volunteer opportunities for both the thrift store and food pantry are available. Any support is much needed and appreciated. RESTORE is planning its next yard sale for Saturday, October 26th. Proceeds from that sales will go toward providing a Thanksgiving dinner for pantry patrons.

SMALL GROUPS.  Come check out our small groups. On Sundays, the Gleaners class meet at 9:00 AM in the church library with a traditional quarterly adult study. Journey, another adult class meeting in Sunday School room 8, also at 9:00 AM, is currently exploring Paul’s Letter to the Romans with the Daylight Bible Series and an “on-scene” video. On Mondays, from 1:00-2:30 PM, the Monday Ladies Bible Study meets in Room 6, and another Ladies Bible Study meets on Wednesday evenings—also in Room 6 at 7:00 PM. The Pastor and the Hispanic congregation also conduct bible studies on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM in the Library and in Crichton Hall, respectively.
Hurricane Dorian Response
This week we watched and prayed as Hurricane Dorian hovered over the Bahamas for over 24 hours as a Category 4 then 5 devastating the islands Abaco and Freeport. The recovery efforts are now underway, and the Florida Conference is ready to respond. Bishop Carter is encouraging churches to help the people of the Bahamas.

Remember, God loves a Cheerful Giver. Let’s encourage our Gulf Central Churches to be generous in their response to our UMCOR Bahamas Relief and Recovery!  Go to this link to make a financial contribution.

 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:7-8 NIV) We are On Mission Together.